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OSHA Suspends Injury Reporting Site

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has suspended its online injury reporting system after a possible security breach, officials say.

The agency received a notice from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (which is part of the Department of Homeland Security) last Monday (Aug. 14) indicating that user information associated with the injury tracking application may have been compromised. Only one business’s information was reportedly impacted.

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After a possible security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s online injury reporting system has temporarily suspended operations.

“At this time, one company appears to have been affected and that company has been notified of the issue,” OSHA said in an emailed statement to Business Insurance. “Access to the ITA has been temporarily suspended as OSHA works with the system developer to examine the issue to determine the extent of the problem.”

Originally, OSHA had launched the online tool on Aug. 1 as part of the new recordingkeeping rule. The agency announced in late June, however, that the compliance date had been pushed back to Dec. 1. Some experts speculate that part or all of the regulation could still be walked back before that date is reached.

As of Wednesday (Aug. 23), the ITA page was still experiencing technical difficulties.

Previous Plans and Recordkeeping Deadline

The Injury Tracking Application would walk employers through a four-step process for reporting workplace illnesses and injuries per the Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, issued last year. The injury-reporting provisions of the rule are currently delayed pending potential revisions to the rule, and lawsuits against it.

The regulation was put into place in May 2016. It requires, among other provisions, that many employers submit workplace injury reports to OSHA electronically.

   

Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Government; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Regulations

Comment from Robert Bullard, (8/24/2017, 10:37 AM)

DOL is a mere shell of what it should be, especially OSHA.


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